44. Pukeiti

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2290 Carrington Rd, New Plymouth
Taranaki Regional Council

Pukeiti houses a world-class rhododendron collection uniquely nestled in Taranaki rainforest. It was established in 1951 and is now proudly owned and managed by Taranaki Regional Council.

Experience an explosion of colour as hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas flower against the lush backdrop of forested volcanic ranges, mountain streams and birdsong. There are many kilometres of paths and tracks for either a garden walk or a longer adventure into the rainforest. In particular the Rhododendron Stroll, which includes the beautifully scented Loderi, is a treat for the senses in spring.

The Misty Knoll, Treehouse Trails and the Keiller Garden are recently completed garden projects at Pukeiti, all of which embrace the ever-evolving union of natural landscape and thoughtful design concepts, enticing you to explore the mystery of such an exotic environment. On arrival at the new Rainforest Centre and Founders Café, the latest project in this comprehensive re-development programme, the visitor will be treated to a taste of history and hospitality.

The Founders Café will be open daily during the Garden Spectacular from 10am to 4pm. Bookings are essential for large groups and garden tours during this busy time, please call 0800 736 222 for information and enquiries. A mobility vehicle is available for those less able.

Pukeiti, like Hollard Gardens and Tupare is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council. All three gardens are free to enter and open every day of the year.

Open daily from 9am to 5pm, admission free.

Ph. 0800 736 222

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